Michel de Nostredame, was a 16th century French apothecary who is better known today as the celebrated seer, Nostradamus, who published collections of prophecies that have since become widely famous. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication
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Michel de Nostredame, was a 16th century French apothecary who is better known today as the celebrated seer, Nostradamus, who published collections of prophecies that have since become widely famous. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with much of the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. While the association of these predictions with world events are disputed by many, staunch believers have associated many of the world’s tragedies or scenarios with predictions made by Nostradamus.
In most cases however, these prophesies are too vague to stop an event from happening. It is only in hindsight that they seem to make sense. Here follows a list of some such prophesies. How many do you believe are real?
#1 The Fire Of London
“The blood of the just will be lacking in London,
Burnt up in the fire of ’66:
The ancient Lady will topple from her high place,
Many of the same sect will be killed.”
Apparently, Nostradamus is talking about the Great Fire of London, which happened in, wait for it…1966! It swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666, almost completely destroying the medieval City of London. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities and is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants, and taken many lives.
#2 The French Revolution
“Songs, chants, and demands will come from the enslaved
Held captive by the nobility in their prisons
At a later date, brainless idiots
Will take these as divine utterances.”
The French Revolution began with protests and demands on the part of the poor peasant classes, who were essentially akin to serfs to the nobility. Their protests were ruthlessly crushed by the noble men, who imprisoned therm. The French revolution began by the storming of the bastille, a Paris fortress used as a prison. The peasants quickly took control of Paris and enforced their demands by kidnapping the royals and often, killing them. They established a democracy, which was unable to live up to and execute the ideals which had led to the revolution, and the formation of itself. Eventually it collapsed into further chaos. Sounds familiar to the Nostradamus passage just above?
#3 The Rise of Napoleon
“Pau, Nay, Loron, more fire than blood,
Swimming in praise, the great man hurries to the confluence.
He will refuse entry to the magpies,
Pampon and Durrance will confine them. “
Pau, Nay, and Loron are references to towns in France, which strangely enough when taken together, are an anagram that spells Napaulon Roy, which it can be said rather resembles Napoleon the King in French. Napoleon did not have a noble lineage, thus the lack of “blood”, while he had a lot of “fire”, taking power in a coup, and leading the country.”Refuse entry to the magpies” could refer to Popes Pius VI and VII who were imprisoned by Napoleon.
#4 The Rise of Hitler
“From the depths of the West of Europe,
A young child will be born of poor people,
He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop;
His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.”
“Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers,
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
In armor of steel the great (army) will make the assault,
When the child of Germany shall heed no one.”
Everyone knows about the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, and thus Germany, and the consequent world war. Hitler came from a humble background. He was a great and persuasive orator, who could make people listen to him and follow him through his words. While many believe “Hister” to be a typo, it’s also an old name for the Danube River. Hitler was born just miles from that river in what was then Austria-Hungary, also known as the “Danube Monarchy.” Towards the end of World War II, even when Germany’s defeat seemed imminent, Hitler refused to listen to his commanders and surrender.
#5 The Moon Landing
“He will come to travel to the corner of Luna,
Where he will be captured and put in a strange land,
The unripe fruits to be subject of great scandal,
Great blame, to one, great praise.”
Many believe that here, Nostradamus is foretelling the moon mission conducted in 1969. Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. This was at the time of the Cold War, and thus the blamed party, and the praised, may possibly be the two leading countries in the conflict.
Another theory is that the words can be attributed to the US Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in early 1986.
#6 The Modi Government
In recent news it seems that the Modi government too had been predicted by Nostradamus. While at the time of the elections, when the current government came to power, theories abounded that Nostradamus had predicted a bright future for India, led by Narendra Modi even today they apparently prevail. A recent reinterpretation of the same prophesies borrows from a version of Nostradamus’s text that states:
From 2014 to 2026, a man will lead India,
Whom initially, people will hate
But after that people will love him so much
That he will be engaged in changing the country’s plight and direction.
A middle aged superpower administrator
Will bring golden age not only in India but on the entire world.
Under his leadership India will not only just become the Global Master,
But many countries will also come into the shelter of India.
Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home took to Facebook to declare this prophecy.